Posted in Blogging Life, Book Reviews

Wednesday Light at the End of the Tunnel: Signs You Might Need a Break from Blogging for the Sake of your Sanity!

It’s been two years and eleven months since I launched Chocolate’n’Waffles (applause). During this period, I took two complete breaks; the first in July 2016 after having blogged intensively for six months, and the other earlier this year.

Did I feel guilty? Yes.

Did it do any good? Yes!

Is it okay to put your blog on the side for a while? Why the hell not?

Your blog, your rules! And sometimes, it might be the best decision you can take for you and your corner of the Internet…

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Posted in Blogging Life, Vlog

And… Action! Chocolate’n’Waffles Goes Live!

Guys, I have a revelation for you. I am French! Yes, you probably already know this because of either something I’ve written here at some point that did not feel natural, or because you’ve read me complain about it! No more complaining, I’m taking the matter in both hands and adding a little fun to the blog with… videos!

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Posted in Book Reviews, Wrap-up

February 2017 Wrap-Up

Is it just me or did the shortest month of the year felt like the longest one? I am under the impression so much happened this month that there were really 90 days to February rather than the usual 28. Maybe it is just my brain trying to hold on to the winter by secretly making hours count double and days stretch more than my legs during a yoga session. Anyway, this is the end!

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Posted in The Pub Corner

Meet Quality Pressure

Books aren’t the only ones having to live up to expectations.
This is me explaining why the blog suffered from a lack of posts recently, so you don’t have to read it!

I have been blogging for more than a year. I’m still not over it. I can’t believe it’s been twelve months since my quivering finger pressed the button who gave life to Chocolate’n’waffles. Time flew but I remember not having a clue what I was doing or supposed to do. I still don’t know what I’m doing but don’t tell anyone.

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Posted in Tags & Awards

SunTag: The Blogger Recognition Award

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I admit it. I avoided this award for a very long time. The first time I was nominated, I was delighted of course, but the blissful feeling was soon replaced by the pressure to give advice. As a baby blogger, I felt there was not much I could share that would be useful to anyone. The Second time I was nominated, I was a teenager blogger. My happiness was overshadowed by my acne lack of confidence. But this time, I am ready! That doesn’t mean I consider my blog to have achieved the adult stage of its life, but let’s say we reached 18. Or 21 depending on where you live.
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Posted in The Pub Corner, Things that don't fit in any category

List #1 : What Keeps Me From Posting More Regularly

Around 3am last night, I was looking for a distraction from my usual flow of middle-of-the-night thoughts when my mind reminded me I had missed my usual Wednesday night blogging party.

Oh dread, Oh infamy!

My sacred weeknight had been sacrificed. My precious time devoted to writing posts and commenting on the hundred WWW/This Week In Books memes had been stolen from me.

To recover from this incredible and shocking news, I listed all the reasons I don’t post as much as I wish I would, especially these days.

List #1What gets in the way ofyour blogging life_

#1 Dogs

Have you ever tried writing a review when your baby dog is making those sad and imploring eyes while slowly sending her ball your way? Or get some reading done when your mom’s dog shoves the book out of the way to sleep on your lap?

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#2 Books

Whoo, you’re happy you have your own blog, and you can’t wait to discuss that character’s habit to eat her hair, or rant about the fact that author killed your book boyfriend. But before you can do all of this, you need to actually READ BOOKS. What is the point of a book blog if you have no material to discuss?

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#3 Life

Life loves sending unexpected (and uninvited) events your way. A friend moving houses, a family gathering (brrr!), a heartbroken best friend who needs a shoulder to cry on, a pipe that decides to burst and transform your apartment into a swimming pool.
Say goodbye to your blogging time!

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#4 Social media

I spend so much time reading everyone’s tweets that I would have time to write 4 reviews a day if I signed off.

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#5 Insomnia

Can you write more than two sentences that actually make sense without a decent amount of hours of sleep per week? I discovered I cannot. This is the main reason why I haven’t posted any reviews or interesting posts recently. Someone just knock me out for the night please.

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I wake up feeling like a zombie on prozac. I make it through breakfast with only one eye open. I slouch on the couch with my textbooks with all the good will I am capable of. And then there’s a blank. The onset of a headache sends me to the kitchen for a tea. As much as I love tea and consider it the best beverage on Earth, its effect on a zombie are limited. Before I know it, it’s 7pm and hubby is back for his well-deserved dinner. I haven’t studied, written, or done anything a human would usually do on their waking hours. I barely handle a conversation (please don’t use complicated words that require a dictionary, like “pepperoni” or “cooking time” at this stage or you will only get a blank stare from me). When the night comes, I pray for Sandman to invite me to his little house for a nice chat and a Sex on The Beach. Instead, I make stupid lists and wait for my poor couple of hours of rest.

#6 Chores

Cooking. Cleaning. Grocery shopping. Showering. Walking. My God, those take an awful amount of hours in the day.

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#7 Work

The most time-consuming activity of all times.

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#8 TV Shows 

They are evil. Those moving images have the magical power to hold my attention and make me lose track of time. I blink and suddenly I’ve lost four hours because I really wanted to know if Lorelai was really going to marry BIIIP. What starts as a “just one episode” always ends up with “oops, it’s dark outside, the fridge is empty and bedtime was two hours ago.”

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#9 Hubby

Hubbies, just like plants, demand a lot of attention, liters of water beer coffee and if the mood is right, a bit of talking.

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This list is not a list of complaints. I am currently happy to be a dog mom, take showers and have awesome TV shows to save me from boredom when I can’t read. I only wish there were more hours in the day!

What keeps you away from blogging? Do you always stick to your schedule? What is your secret? Do share and I will send you a waffle!

Note: our regular post format and content will resume tomorrow. In the meantime, I thought a little fun post would be a great way to spend a scorching day alone at home.

Posted in Tags & Awards

Blog Award: The Dragon’s Loyalty Award

I always get a tingle of delight when I see one of those pings appear on my notifications. But I noticed that more often than not, tags do take time to prepare and write. I tell myself I will use a tag on a day I don’t have a review or post scheduled, and then I forget. Still, I love them and I haven’t lost the hope to catch up before the end of the month.

I’d like to send a hug and a puppy with a ‘thank you’ note around his neck to Jill @ rantandraveaboutbooks.com for nominating me to the Dragon’s Loyalty Award. If you are looking for detailed and passionate books reviews, her blog is the place to go!

Dragon’s Loyalty Award

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